The 2019 Aesop's Famous Fables and Twisted Tales.

Hardington Junior Players.

At the end of March, the village was treated to the talents of a group of young people from Hardington and Pendomer, when they entertained audiences with two performances of Aesop's Famous Fables and Twisted Tales.

Directors Tanya Ogden and Clare Middleton, supported by Producer Anne Lunt and a dedicated team of adult Players, enabled the young cast to experience the full production process from rehearsal to performance.

The creative set design and lighting was provided by Derek Richards; sound was courtesy of Jim Le Feuvre and Tim Watkins; set and props construction the work of the team of Derek Richards, Stewart Ogden, Martin Tizard, Jack Clotworthy and Dyane Catford and the delightful costumes were made by Irene Tizard, assisted by Anne Lunt and Elaine Peters. The production was stage managed by Stewart Ogden with assistance from Martin Tizard, Clare Oliver, Caroline Sweetland and Sophie Broom.

The young cast: Daniel; Daisy; Elodie; Georgie; Liana; Rosa and Tiggy delivered confident and engaging performances, each portraying their different characters with great conviction and enthusiasm, balancing the timeless messages of the fables with humour and some amusing twists along the way.

Working with a village group that enables the joint working of young people and adults together is a privilege and a pleasure. This production enabled the young cast to develop their potential and showcase their talents; learn from and be supported by the skills of others and to increase their confidence both on and off stage. The final product was a complete joy and the families, friends and villagers who came along to support the production were delighted by what they saw, leaving the Hall with smiles on their faces and a tear in their eye.